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Draft Ratings - Arnold Version
By Jason Arnold
Special to rzl-football.com

I will be very conservative with giving out A+ ratings. People drafting #1 and #2 overall, etc, can't get an A+ rating simply because they are usually no-brainers.


So, here we go!

1. Green Bay Packers - Morris Claiborne, CB - A ... Makes the most sense. His CBs have been bad for a while.

2. Denver Broncos - Jagger Howard, WR - A - Easily the best WR in draft and the Broncos' biggest hole.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Melvin Ingram DE - B- - He gets a C because apparently, the Jags are moving him to OLB. As a DE, he's a stud. As an OLB? He's being wasted there. If he stays at DE - this becomes an A pick.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Dontari Poe, DT - C- - Poe as a player is tremendous. The value for a DT isn't there at 1.04. Even if he becomes Vaughn Martin good, you wouldn't take him at 1.04.

5. San Francisco 49ers - Luke Kuechly, ILB - A - Great pick. Stud ILB.

6. Arizona Cardinals - Stephon Gilmore, CB - A- - Very strong CB prospect. Needs to work on CTH but has it all to become very good.

7. New York Giants - Robert Griffin III, QB - B+ - Like, don't love the pick here. RG3 could be a stud or a dud. You never know with scramblers. Scary pick at 7, but has a lot of talent.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars - Nick Perry, DE - A- - Since he's leaving Perry at DE, I like this pick a lot. Will eventually replace Garrison.

9. San Francisco 49ers - Alshon Jeffery, WR - A- - The second best WR in a good, not great WR group.

10. Philadelphia Eagles - Matt Barkley, QB - A - Get a sure-fire franchise QB. Will take a while to develop, but - he has no major concerns.

11. Washington Redskins - Mark Barron, SS - Will not rate - He's a really good SS!

12. New England Patriots - Bryant Buchanan, HB - A+ - I hate Mr. Quicktrigger for grabbing him. I love this guy as a talent. Guys like Hogan and Lemus have dominated the league while weighing around 230lb range. Buchanan is 251 and also has strength/BTK to go with it.


13. Baltimore Ravens - Chase Minnifield, CB - A- - Could be a stud CB with some time. Not the best size, but great starting speed/acceleration.

14. New York Jets - Dwight Jones, WR - B - I didn't like this pick simply because I like Brian Quick's upside more but, they are extremely close in terms of their attributes.

15. New York Giants - Brian Quick, WR - B+ - He's 6'4 with good starting athleticism. Very raw, but will progress fast.

16. New York Giants - Marjani Marshall, HB - A- - Good size, strength, speed, and starting BTK. Very little risk with him here.

17. Miami Dolphins - Frankie Freeman, WR - A- - Yes, his catch blows. But, he has insane starting speed and has time to develop behind Baldwin and DHB.

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Buster Bowden, CB - A - I like this pick a lot more than their other pick at 1.04. Bowden is pretty damn close to Gilmore already and he's an inch taller.

19. Denver Broncos - Zebrie Sanders, OT - A - I know some have Reiff rated higher. I love Sanders' athleticism and his upside to eventually be an elite RT. I don't see that with Reiff.

20. Atlanta Falcons - Riley Reiff, OT - A- - Good pick. I don't think he can ever be an elite RT in the RZL, but -- he can be a solid starter at several other positions.

21. Detroit Lions - Michael Brockers, DT - B - Has tremendous athleticism, but barely breaks the 300 barrier, which drops him a bit to me.

22. Minnesota Vikings - George Iloka, FS - C- - He has great size and good starting speed. But, his tackle is the lowest I've seen from a Round 1 Safety and his starting INJ is 82 which isn't good for a position that is oft-injured.

23. Philadelphia Eagles - Courtney Upshaw, OLB - A - I love the pick. With his size, strength, etc he can play any of the LB positions. As long as he uses TC on him for the next 3 or so years, Upshaw can be elite.


24. St. Louis Rams - Adam Borque, OLB - B- - Not a bad pick for missing the pick. Is a Round 2 prospect, but can be developed nicely.

25. Carolina Panthers - Janoris Jenkins, CB - B - Lacks elite size. Won't create a lot of turnovers. His upside is very limited, but since he has good starting attributes, could develop into a nice corner. Will never be a top notch shutdown CB because of size limitations.

26. Cleveland Browns - Robert Jackson, CB - C - Not really in love with this pick at all. Seemed like the Browns really wanted a CB so they reached a bit. 88 starting speed's good if the guy is 6'3 or 6'4, but -- he'll take atleast 4-5 years to develop into a starting calibur CB.

27. New York Jets - Ray Wilson, CB - A- - I love this pick in this spot. Wilson has good speed and size. He's very raw and will take time to develop, but any CB this late in Round 1 will.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars - Robert Lester, FS - C+ - I'm very "eh" on this pick. Lester, like Iloka has great size and speed, etc. However, like Iloka, he has crappy tackle. His is only two better than Iloka. Underwhelming strength could compound that problem. He really needed a safety and jumped for one.

29. Chicago Bears - Robert Wilson, TE - A+ - Possibly jumping the gun here, but I love this pick. Wilson really is the first TE I can remember that literally does everything great. If the Bears improve his speed in TC he can be an elite pass catcher as well as one of the best blocking TEs in the RZL, if he's not already!

30. Washington Redskins - Barrett Jones, LG - Will not rate - He's a really good LG.

31. San Diego Chargers - LaMichael James, HB - B- - Do not like this pick in the least. The only 'speed' back I can remember doing well in the RZL is Desmond Mayer and he's just slow enough to not get out in front of blockers. It will be interesting to see how the Chargers bring him along with Summers still being a top notch HB.

32. Indianapolis Colts - Landry Jones, QB - D+ - Why not develop Torres? Almost identical players, but Torres is a bit better.
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